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Cleveland Browns season finale at Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday

Cleveland Browns season finale at Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday

The the brown ones find out exactly when the season finale will be played.

in the game Pittsburgh Steelers will be played next Sunday at 1 p.m., the NFL announced Monday evening that CBS will televise the game. The day and time were in doubt until the last day or so.

The day of the week was revealed late Sunday afternoon, when the NFL announced that Saturday’s Week 18 doubleheader would feature Kansas City Chiefs-Las Vegas Raiders and Tennessee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars. The exact time was announced on Monday evening.

The the brown ones will have the opportunity play the role of spoiling another team’s playoff hopes, as they won 24-10 on Sunday Washington commanders. The Steelers kept their hopes alive for the No. 7 seed in the AFC by defeating the Baltimore Ravens 16-13 on Sunday night.

“I mean, we’d love to do that,” Myles Garrett said after beating the Commanders. “We consider them our rivals. And at times, if we can’t make it, no, we’re definitely going to make sure those guys can’t. We’re going to do everything in our power. A lot of respect for them. to be in that position. But we live in times like this.”

Pittsburgh will need some help to make the playoffs even with a win against the Browns. However, there is no scenario in which Cleveland can go in without a win.

The Browns’ win in Washington was one half of a one-two punch to the Commanders’ hopes. He left them on the brink of elimination, and then the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings 41-10 later that day.

“I mean, every time we step on the field we step there to dominate and win,” safety Grant Delpit said. “So no matter what the situation is, no matter what we’re not playing, we step on the field, it’s the NFL, there’s the next guy and at the end of the day we’re on the field to win. So no matter what’s going on, we’re here to win.”

The Browns beat the Steelers 29-17 in their first meeting in Cleveland this season in Week 3 on “Thursday Night Football.” However, there are some big differences between that Pittsburgh team and the one that awaits the Browns in the finals. .

Mitch Trubisky was the mentor that night for the Steelers. Since then, he has replaced Pittsburgh’s first-round draft pick last April, Kenny Pickett, who is 6-5 since taking the job against the Buffalo Bills last week.

“A talented player that we have to be ready to go against and get to know the young player,” coach Kevin Stefanski said of Pickett on Monday’s Zoom call. “He can make plays off the clock, as you saw on that last drive. He made spectacular throws all day. It’s going to be a challenge as always when it’s Browns versus Steelers. We’re excited about that.”

Another difference is that Steelers All-Pro cornerback TJ Watt did not play in the game. Watt missed seven games, including Cleveland’s first game, with a partially torn pectoral muscle suffered in the season-opening win at Cincinnati.

The Browns are looking to sweep the season series for the first time since the franchise’s revival in 1999. The last time they won both regular-season meetings in the same season was 1988, a 23-9 win at Pittsburgh. and 27-7 in Cleveland, part of the Browns’ seven-game winning streak between 1986 and the start of the 1989 season.

“It’s not our focus,” Stefanski said. “We understand things like that, but this is a divisional game and it’s a rivalry. We have a lot of respect for that organization, those coaches and players. We tie them up on Sunday—we don’t know what time yet—but we’re going to compete for 60 minutes, and we’re excited.”

Jack Conklin, Denzel Ward dealing with injury issues that could affect their status

The Browns didn’t come out of Sunday’s game in Washington completely unscathed. Right tackle Jack Conklin (ankle) and cornerback Denzel Ward (shoulder) missed the game with injuries, but Stefanski was not updated on their status against the Steelers on Monday.

“We’ll see how this goes during the week on those two,” Stefanski said. “I don’t know for sure, but we will follow up during the week.”

Conklin initially left the game in the third quarter and sat at the trainer’s table on the sideline, where he appeared to have his ankle re-taped. However, after returning to the game, he left for the rest of the quarter with just under four minutes left in the third quarter.

James Hudson III, who started the first two games of the season in place of Conklin, finished the game in that spot. He would also be the starter if Conklin can’t go against Pittsburgh.

Ward also left the game in the third quarter with a shoulder injury. He played 46 of a possible 69 defensive snaps, with one interception.

Martin Emerson Jr. the rookie, who started in Ward’s place when he missed several games in October with a concussion, would likely start Sunday if he can’t go.

Kevin Stefanski pleased with the defensive response after the Commanders’ 21-play drive

If there was one thing Stefanski didn’t like about Sunday’s game, it was the Commanders’ 21-play, 96-yard touchdown march to end the first half. The drive, which took 11:27 off the clock, ended with quarterback Carson Wentz’s 1-yard run to give Washington a 7-3 lead with 21 seconds left in the half.

On the drive, the Commanders converted six third downs to five. The only one they didn’t convert came on the play before Wentz’s touchdown.

“It was too much,” Stefanski said. “Listen, our defense played really, really well yesterday. It was that drive that we really didn’t do well.”

That drive accounted for two-thirds of the Browns’ 142 first-half yards allowed. It was 47% of the 260 meters they left in the game.

The Browns, however, drew praise from their coach for their halftime response. Washington was limited to a three-and-out on the opening possession of the third quarter, setting the stage for Cleveland’s 21-3 second half run.

“I’ll tell you what I was proud of was the last drive before the end of the half, then they come out, get the ball and have a chance to make it a double — we’ve seen that — and they didn’t,” Stefanski said. “They went three-and-out. We stopped the run on first and second down and had a great third down to get off the field.”

Browns limited on plays against Commanders

What caused the Commanders’ long drive was the number of plays the Browns were able to run. He probably took away at least one of their possessions, if not two.

The Browns, officially, finished with 57 shots on offense. They ended up with 30 rushing plays and 23 more passing plays, including five sacks of quarterback Deshaun Watson.

It was one of the lowest totals for the Browns in some time. Stefanski was asked if he remembered so few offensive plays.

“I’m out of my mind,” Stefanski said. “We’ve been in some games where you don’t get as many drives as you thought you would. Obviously in that game, they had the ball like they did. We had a couple of short drives and a couple of long drives. At the end of the day, you usually go in thinking you’re going to get about 65 plays. where you’re at and then you try to build your game plan properly. We’ve still got a ton of stuff left on the call sheet for next week.”

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